One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A situation or set of circumstances.‘the survey revealed a sorry state of affairs in schools’
condition, shape, situation, circumstances, state of affairs, positionView synonyms
- ‘Sunderland's solicitor Clive Flynn described the case as a sad and sorry state of affairs.’
- ‘It isn't really about revealing, you know, the true state of things, it is partly about selling us things that keep us comfortably numb in the matrix.’
- ‘I like the idea of teaching kids to evaluate risks, but I wonder about the state of things in our world today.’
- ‘I don't want to travel by public transport as I don't feel safe, and that is a sorry state of affairs.’
- ‘Whether that will really work with voters, who tend to be pretty happy with the state of things right now, remains to be seen.’
- ‘I genuinely take the view when I travel that most people are basically decent and friendly and amazingly hospitable, and that's the natural state of things.’
- ‘‘When he arrives, we will sit down and have a long talk regarding his position and the state of things in the team,’ he said.’
- ‘‘I think it's pretty meaningless to make a film that reinforces the current state of things,’ says Achbar.’
- ‘The pains of exile, as it turns out, extend outward into a pained contemplation of the sorry state of things worldwide.’
- ‘A sorry state of affairs to say the least and a disaster for the promotion of the game.’
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